"Max!" I yell at the young, dirty blond boy, his head shoots up.
"Ohhhhh, hiiiiiiii......" He says acting innocent. Mud covering his lower body." Don't tell mom... Please?" He whimpers. My heart shatters, he is just to young to understand.
"Buddy... She's gone remember?" I say slowly." Remember? She's in a better place." I'm interrupted.
"Called heaven where everyone gets along and there's no wars..." He goes quiet." I wanna go some day, to heaven... Just for a day... Will you take me? Please!?" He begs.
"I'll do anythi-" I interrupt him.
"NO!! STOP IT!" I yell at him, he jumps, I never even raise my voice. I'm close to tears when he yells back at me.
"I HATE YOU! YOU ONLY CARE ABOUT YOURSELF! I JUST WANNA SEE MOM!" He screams.
"Max please, listen."
"NO, I'M DONE LISTENING TO YOUR GARBAGE!!" He yells crying.
"Max I'm sorry." I beg him.
"No! I'M GOING TO HEAVEN TO SEE MOM YOU CANT STOP ME! I'LL GET THERE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER!" He screams, voice cracking and giving away to sobbing. He turns and starts running, I curse myself for not being able to run with out pain. Suddenly I hear yelling.
"MAX LOOK OUT! RUN!" I yell trying to get him out of here.
"NO IM DONE WITH YOU!" He yells clearly not aware that he's in danger. A net is thrown at him catching him. I pull out my survival knife.
I try running pain shooting up my ankle to my lower back and
"Shhhh." I soothe as I kneel and begin cutting the net as fast as I can. As I'm cutting the net I hear running footsteps. I curse under my breath.
"Language." Max whispers fear laced in his voice. I chuckle nervously and cut faster.
"WOLF!" He yells I look at him as he uses my real name I'm usually called Hunter. I shoot my head back and see a ripped guy running towards me. Instincts to protect my family kick in. I stare the man down as he approaches slowly seeing what my first move was gonna be, I cut the rest of the net to make a hole big enough to let max escape.
"Run meet me at the twin mountains... I love you and I'm sorry I can't come with you. Run." I say leaning down to kiss his forehead. "There's a little shack at the base, seek shelter in that, the wild will help you stay alive. There's books on what berries to eat. I'm sorry. Run." I say close to tears, he hugs me and runs to the south. I look back at the guy and glare at him. His previous smirk immediately disappears when he sees my knife. I wave it at him menacingly.
"Leave me alone." I snarl at him.
"You let my catch go.... That wasn't very smart... Do you know who I am?" He asks.
"Some jackass trying to rip my brother from me..." I snap.
"Your gonna pay for that." He growls and advances on me. I charge him and slide in between his legs kicking up. He drops holding his crotch.
"Mutherfuker..." He swears softly dropping to the ground.
"That was a dick move kid." He says once he gets himself together.
"Really that's what you choose to say?" I blurt out laughing.
"You and your big mouth." He says charging me and grabbing my arm, throwing me to the ground. He takes my knife and puts it to my throat.
"You wouldn't kill a kid would you?" I whimper, fear overcoming my boldness.
"No... Come with me." He says, and grabs the front of my shirt pulling me up and pulling me making me walk with him. He takes me to a van and shoves me in the back. There's two other kids and two adults. One of the kids is bleeding badly. I crawl over to him.
"Get away from him." An adult snarls.
"He's gonna die, I'm helping him." I say.
"You kill him I'll kill you right here right now." He says. A part of me wants to end his suffering with how much blood I see, I slip my shirt off and rip it so its one long strip. I look the kid in the eyes, fear over coming his facial features.
"Hi, it's ok don't be scared I'll help you. Is that alright to you?" I whisper softly. He nods hesitantly." What's your name?" I ask softly. The kid has a gash in his side. I pull on his shirt telling him I'm about to take it off. He nods and I slip off his shirt the other kid a teen girl and I gasp. He has a massive gash bleeding badly. The girl takes of her jacket.
"I'm Carmen, let me help you."
She says and rips her jacket so the fuzz is on the same side. She wraps it tightly around the kids waist and I use my jacket to secure Carmen's jacket.
"Seb-.... Sebastian ..."
"What was that." Carmen says kindly.
"My.... My name.... Sebastian." He whispers, pain making his voice deep. I nod and give the kid my hand which he takes and squeezes tightly.
"Do you guys have sedatives? We're gonna lose him if we don't sedate him." I say. A buff guy hands me a shot. I wince but give him the shot. Carmen soothes him and whispers calming him down, his grip on my hand slowly fades and he passes out. I slide down on the wall of the van, I tilt my head back and sigh... I look at Carmen her mouth moving.
"What's your name?" She asks again.
"Hu-.... Wolf, my names wolf."
"Well Wolf, I guess we're friends now?" She asks looking at me.
"Yeah, friends." We were about to shake hands when the van hits gravel road. I yelp and huddle in the corner holding Sebastian so he doesn't hit his head on anything. The back doors open and we're ushered out.
"Woah!" Carmen exclaims as she gets out. I pick up Sebastian and take him out of the van. I look around spinning, everything was beautiful. There was a forest with multiple different colored trees and bushes flowers everywhere and in the middle is a huge ugly as fuck building ruining everything.
"Carmen where are we?"
"I don't know..." She whispers.
"Come with us." A voice says and it's the guy that I kicked, we follow him and he takes us to a building that looks like something from an insane asylum.
Each door leading to a room with one to three kids in it. He leads us into a vacant room and puts Carmen and I in it. They take Sebastian from me despite my complaints. They then shut the door and lock it. I look at Carmen.
"What now?" She asks.
"How bout we get to know each other?"
"Ok. What's your full name?"
"Wolf, Hunter, Catanga." I say." Yours?"
"Carmen, Rose, Cortez." She says. "Where are you from?" That name sounds familiar but I couldn't put my finger on it.
"Parents are from Oxarc, they had me at Paha Packard. I've been traveling the country ever since."
"Where are your parents now?"
"Dead..." I say looking down.
"Oh I'm sorry.... Mine are fighting the war up north." She says sadly.
"A brother... He's fighting for the other side... He tried to kill my dad when he figured out he doesn't support him... You?"
"A brother Maxus....I'm here because I saved him I'm going to find him when this stupid war is over." I say.
"Good brother... So where would you say we are?"
"I read about insane asylums, this looks like one."
"But we're perfectly fine!" She complains.
"Yeah I know. But what's about to happen is beyond our control. How long has it been since you slept?" I ask.
"Sleep, I'll keep watch." I say. She nods and falls asleep.i kept watch like I said, but eventually I couldn't keep my eyes open and was eventually engulfed into the dark abyss.